WACO, Texas — McLennan County political leaders put together a “Pray for the Police—Heal our Land” rally Sunday afternoon to express their support for law enforcement officials in the area.
"We want to show the community that we're here for the police because they are here for us," Brad Holland, chairman of the McLennan County Republican Party, said. "We need their protection and we appreciate the job they do to put their lives on the line."
The rally featured pastors from around Central Texas who prayed over the dozens of law enforcement officers who were present at the event.
"In Joshua 1:19 it says I have commanded be strong and courageous do not be dismayed," Patrick Riley, a Waco pastor, said. "I declare over everyone in law enforcement the Lord is with you wherever you go."
The hundreds of people who showed up to support law enforcement meant the world to McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara. "The turnout here today is just incredible and we appreciate it so very much its a shame this isn't going on in other parts of the country," said McNamara.
Elected Leaders present Sunday included, State Rep. Charles “Doc” Anderson (TX-56), McLennan County Commissioner (Pct 1) Candidate James “Jim” Smith, and Congressional Candidate & Former Congressman Pete Sessions, all of whom plan to sign the governor’s “Back The Blue” pledge to support law enforcement.